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Are you practicing the 6 realms or are you practicing awakening?  Where do you want to be reborn in your next life?  In the next moment?  Each year, each month, each day, each moment we make a choice about where we will be reborn through habitual tendencies we choose to develop.  Are you continually strengthening the propensity to be reborn in a hell realm, animal realm, a hungry ghost realm, a human realm, a jealous god realm, a god realm? Sometimes consciously and often unconsciously, we choose anger, indifference, distraction, etc.  These small choices create a lifetime, perhaps lifetimes of continuing to cycle through the 6 realms.  

In this one-day retreat, we will discuss the 6 realms in terms of our everyday lives and choices.  We will have an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and practical implications of this traditional Buddhist teaching and there will be opportunities to choose to cultivate wakefulness through practices of sitting and walking meditation and silence.  Wakefulness or ignorance is a moment to moment choice.  This day is an invitation and support to be intentional about that choice.

Thubten Samten Chödrön (Nyingje Norgang, PhD)

I am grateful to many teachers for helping me to understand the  6 realms, and I am especially indebted to Ani Pema Chödrön who taught extensively on this subject during Yarne 2018 at Gampo Abbey.  These teachings, my experiences in three year retreat and my work as a therapist and hospital chaplain all underscore for me the profound value in studying the realms and recognizing our choice to stop this whole cycle.  I look forward to practicing awakening with you on October 13th.

Fees: The fee for this retreat is to cover the centre’s costs. In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered free of cost. You are welcome to make an offering to express gratitude for the teachings as your own practice of generosity.

Food: Please bring a bag lunch and any special treats you like to have for yourself.  Coffee and tea will be available.

What to Bring:  You have all the equipment you need for this day with you all the time!  If you like, you could also bring a notebook and your favourite pen or pencil.

Overnight Accommodation: This is a single day retreat; no accommodation is needed.  Those who wish to stay an additional day or days may request accommodation at $30 per night plus HST paid separately through another form.  If you choose to spend the night, you will have extra opportunity to practice in the supportive atmosphere of the temple and grounds of Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong.   And, far from the city lights, you can enjoy the night sky in radiant splendour (weather permitting).  The Orionids meteor shower is active from September 23rd to November 27th , 2018

For those who wish to stay overnight, rooms in the retreat house are available on a limited basis at $30 (+HST) per night. Please contact us in advance to reserve a room to avoid disappointment. There’s also a number of local accommodations available in the vicinity.

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